The St. Louis Cardinals fought to make the playoffs in 2020 with a 30-28 record before they fell in the Wild Card game to the San Diego Padres. They head into the 2021 season with hopes to compete for an NL Central division title and return to the postseason for the third consecutive season.
However, the offseason hasn't ended yet and the Cardinals should make a few more moves to create a more balanced roster before Opening Day comes around. With that in mind, here are three moves the Cardinals should make before the 2021 MLB season starts.
1. Sign a Utility Player
One of the biggest holes on the Cardinals roster right now is a player that can fill in on off days and provide some consistency off the bench. Since Kolten Wong signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, Tommy Edman is projected to start almost every day over at second base. He was the Cardinals main utility player last season. The free agent market may be slim, but a few names fit this role such as Jedd Gyorko (9 home runs in 2020) and Danny Santana (81 RBI in 2019). Each player has proven to still have some gas left in the tank and can play at multiple positions on the field.
2. Sign Yasiel Puig
The Cardinals should make one last splash in the offseason by signing outfielder Yasiel Puig. Puig hasn't played in the majors since 2019, but he did hit 24 home runs and rack up 84 RBI that year. The Cardinals outfield is very young and will likely feature three starters at 26 years old or younger. With that being said, the team could benefit from having veteran depth behind those players and Puig is an option to fill that role while also bringing some upside along with him. At this point, Puig will probably sign for less than expected and the Cardinals should take a chance on him.
3. Add Another Bullpen Arm
It is never a bad idea to build more depth in the bullpen and the Cardinals should take advantage of some of the free agents still left. Some big names remain unsigned such as Shane Greene (2.60 ERA last season in 27.1 IP) and Roberto Osuna (38 saves in 2019). The Cardinals ranked No. 10 in the MLB last season with a 4.00 bullpen ERA during the regular season and could see that number improve with another quality arm. Pairing one of the free agent players left with the likes of Andrew Miller and Alex Reyes might just be what takes this team over the top.
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